Posted in music | pictures on April 15, 2013

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Wu-Tang Clan / Father John Misty / Grimes / the crowd @ Coachella, 4/14/2013
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As the wind whipped through the final day of Coachella's first weekend, it became clear to those at the front of the stage that the techs getting the stage set up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' festival-closing headlining set had a choice: take down the video screens that clearly were a part of the Peppers' production, or leave them up, risking them blowing uncontrollably around the stage. So they chose the former, leaving behind grandiose production elements in favor of solid -- but not-quite-revelatory -- musicianship.

It's a sort of metaphor for this year's edition of the festival, which never quite hit the watercooler moment. On the final day of the first weekend (the lineup repeats next week), there were no superstar surprises, no Daft Punk appearance and, during the Chili Peppers' set, not even a new song: just a major band, playing through their major hits, for a major audience.

It's been the story of this Coachella from the start, when the two-weekend blowout nearly sold out before the lineup was even announced, but on the field it became immediately obvious: This festival, at least this year, no longer was about "music fans" but about "Coachella fans" -- that is to say, the tens of thousands of revelers who packed the field had no specific allegiance to a band, a genre or an affiliation. - [Hollywood Reporter]

The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up last night (4/14). with sets from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dead Can Dance, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Staten Island hiphop legends the Wu-Tang Clan who performed much of their classic 1993 album, Enter The 36 Chambers, as well as solo hits from the different members. Earlier Sunday also saw Grimes' energetic set, noisemakers JEFF the Brotherhood and Dinosaur Jr,  the mellow gold of Kurt Vile, Australian psych purveyors Tame Impala, crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend, Gaslight Anthem, and Father John Misty. Pictures of those acts' sets are in this post.

Other acts that played Sunday: Cloud Nothings as a three-piece, Ghost BC (who played too early for our photographer to catch), Jessie Ware (who also made an appearance during Disclosure's set) and San Francisco psych-garage kings Thee Oh Sees, who we also missed but were joined on sleigh bells by fellow Bay Area resident Ty Segall.

Pictures from day 1 are HERE and HERE, pictures from day 2 are HERE. More day 3 Coachella pictures below...

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Comments (20)

only an idiot wares flipflops when its hot out

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 8:18 PM

^ Says the idiot who spells 'wears' wrong

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 8:30 PM

darkthrone.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 9:01 PM

I want to go to Cali so I can attend this event where I live we hear people partying and no music I can't feel it but wanna feel the wind/air from where i'm at all I would like to hear is music the experience is cooler than most people believe sitting down at live events with others they've got artists all over and something tells me to use a road map I heard all about it i've just never been to such an event but I realize people attend them like Lollapalooza or a supermarket i'm trying to have it better than they do but it's far much better.

Posted by molow | April 15, 2013 9:22 PM

I just go to catch sight of celebrities, they are our betters.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 10:26 PM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 10:40 PM

Wears all the hot chicks in these pics, bro.

Posted by Anonymous | April 15, 2013 11:10 PM

Dead Can Dance ft. Hillary Clinton

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 1:19 AM

I choose Slytherin!

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 1:30 AM

Hillary Clinton

Posted by Auto Diagnostic Equipment | April 16, 2013 3:41 AM

i'm trying to have it better than they do but it's far much better.

Posted by Auto Diagnostic Equipment | April 16, 2013 3:50 AM

Tame Impala, crowd-pleasers Vampire Weekend, Gasslight Anthem, and Father John Misty

Posted by SCOTT | April 16, 2013 3:56 AM

duzn't hold a candle to

Posted by idea serf | April 16, 2013 5:00 AM

Just back from Palm Springs and let me tell you, this was the most disappointing Coachella of the 10 we've been to. Not just a little but very disappointing. There were so many issues and for the first time - the fans were unbearable. I predict today that Coachella has an all electronic festival in Indio before the end of the year. Be scared, be very scared.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 6:36 AM

6:36 -- All the EDM artists performed in the same tent in the corner of the grounds and it was easy to avoid that area if so desired. God forbid different fan bases might interact! You're a fucking joke. I bet you thought Grinderman was the best performance.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 9:52 AM

Having gone to Coachella 3 years in a row (2007-2009), I never considered Coachella to be a festival in comparison to Bonnaroo or Sasquatch. It was always a party with shortened sets by some of your favorite artists. Plus, half of the people that end up in Indio don't even go to Coachella. They go to house parties sponsored by various media outlets.

Moral of the story, if you want to party with friends and see a few artists you like, then by all means go to Coachella. If you like music, save time and money by just seeing ALL of your favorite artists play at various venues throughout the city.

Posted by Anonymous | April 16, 2013 10:30 AM

I choose you, Jynx!

Posted by Hubert | April 16, 2013 12:25 PM

That California dress up faux hippy bullshit is just the worst. California is just the worst.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2013 11:51 PM

Wu Tang absolutely rocked

Posted by Dave | April 18, 2013 2:33 PM

View over 116,000+ Coachella photos taken by the crowd at http://alpha.crowdalbum.com/coachella

Posted by CrowdAlbum | April 22, 2013 12:02 PM

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